Tuesday, July 11, 2017
An MD graduate of the University of Arkansas, Dr. Chad Hill is an OB/GYN who owns the Siloam Springs Women’s Center. Women can visit OB/GYNs such as Dr. Chad Hill to receive regular prenatal care, which is an important part of delivering a healthy baby.
Seeking prenatal care from a doctor is one important step that women take to facilitate healthy pregnancies. Another action that OB/GYNs often recommend in the months before a baby’s birth is the ingestion of a daily prenatal vitamin that includes folic acid, calcium, iron, and iodine.
These four vitamins and minerals offer unique protections to both mother and child. For example, folic acid may help prevent the development of neural tube birth defects.
Mothers taking vitamins that contain calcium can help prevent the deterioration of their bone density during pregnancy. Iron helps facilitate healthy blood flow between mother and child, leading to better oxygen levels, while iodine must be maintained to prevent the development of mental disabilities, deafness, and problems with the physical growth of the child.